The Perseid meteor shower is going to be wonderful this weekend

One of the best sky shows of the year is coming this weekend.

"The moon is very favorable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it", Cooke told Space.com.

Not only will the night sky be dark, but also clear, according to Matt Walters, a meteorologist with Topeka's National Weather Service.

Twarog describes the Perseid meteor shower as "spectacular", however he doesn't get too excited about the event.

What's great about the Perseids is they can be enjoyed during summer's warmth, unlike the often nippy nights during the Leonids of November or Geminids of December.

But there is no need to search for the constellation because the shooting star will zoom across the sky in ever direction conceivable. So you can definitely catch them in advance.

The giant Halley-type comet orbits the Sun roughly every 133 years and historical records suggest it may have been observed as early as 68 BC.

Perseid meteors tend to strengthen in number as late night deepens into midnight, and typically produce the most meteors in the wee hours before dawn. The best views will come before dawn on the 13th, Astronomymagazine predicts.

Cool, huh? Hold that thought, because you'll likely be way more impressed when you actually see the shower.

He said the key to getting the best show is "to take in as much sky as possible". Better still, viewing conditions this time around are particularly ideal - due to a new moon. He suggests grabbing a lawn chair and heading to Clinton Lake or anywhere a few miles outside of town where the sky is dark.

Every August there is an opportunity to see meteor showers and this weekend is your chance for 2018.

While this weekend is the peak, Twarog predicts the showers will last through August 24.

The Perseids are so-called because the point from which they appear, known as the radiant, lies in the constellation of Perseus.

"It's just attractive", Twarog said.

Vanessa Coleman

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